The Nashville Sounds let an early lead turn into an extra-inning loss on Friday night, as a 6-0 advantage became an 8-7, 10-inning defeat against the Gwinnett Stripers at Coolray Field. Cooper Hummel led off the game with a homer, and Zach Green belted a grand slam, but three errors and four unearned runs became the difference in the contest. It was the eighth one-run affair between the Sounds and Gwinnett this season out of 10 games.
Hummel’s homer came off Jasseel De La Cruz on the eighth pitch of the game, the second leadoff homer by a Sound this season. Then in the third, the Sounds loaded the bases on three straight singles, and Keston Hiura launched a sacrifice fly to deep center for a 2-0 game. That set up Green, who crushed a grand slam to center field for his team-high 10th home run of the season, and first since May 19.
Starter Alec Bettinger left in line for a win following five solid innings. He gave up two runs – one earned – on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. But Gwinnett rallied with two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and one unearned run in the ninth to tie the game, 6-6. After Hernan Perez smashed a two-out run-scoring single in the 10th off Yoan Lopez (2-1) to give the Sounds a 7-6 lead, the Stripers scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom half against Blaine Hardy (2-2) for the 8-7 finish.
Game 5 of the six-game series is Saturday night at 5:05 CT. Ryan Weber (NR) will make his Sounds (25-14) and Brewers organizational debut against a starter to be announced by Gwinnett (21-19).
- Jamie Westbrook, on his 26th birthday, moved his hitting streak to 10 games (20-for-44, .455).
- Zach Green’s grand slam was the first by a Sounds hitter since Andy Ibanez at Sacramento on 8/13/19.
- Hernan Perez went 3-for-4 and owns a seven-game hitting streak (13-for-32, .406).
- Keston Hiura doubled and has reached base safely in all 18 of his games with the Sounds.
- The Sounds are 2-1 in extra-inning games.
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